CPLC Emergent Syllabus
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Consider choosing ONE of these bullets each week. If these aren’t helpful to you, focus on something related to our CPLC core learning models, Cluster Pedagogy, or the Habits of Mind that seems most relevant to the work you are doing now and share your progress and ideas.
- Read one of the following texts related to Cathy Davidson’s book, The New Education, and share your impressions with the CPLC.
- This is a speech given by Vartan Gregorian (former president of Brown University and now president of the Carnegie Corporation) called “Colleges Should Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge.” The speech was given more than a decade ago, but PSU students in “Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies” always rate this quick read very highly. Share your responses to the speech with the CPLC however you choose.
- Consider this prompt: “Interdisciplinarity was one of the first stated characteristics of our cluster initiative. Do you feel that interdisciplinarity is an institutional value worth cultivating? Why or why not? What pitfalls and/or possibilities do you think interdisciplinary approaches to learning offer to: your students, your courses, your own research, your field, Plymouth State, the public?” Share your responses to some version of this prompt with the CPLC; feel free to reframe or change the prompt, or reflect on any other aspect of interdisciplinarity that you think is relevant to your work and PSU at this time.
- For members of the Wicked track, look at the resources available on Moodle for our track. The generic syllabus for the course is there as well as some readings. Read some of these with your own syllabus in mind. In what ways will you incorporate some of the ideas in the readings in your section of the course? You can post thoughts in the Wicked Track discussion forum on Moodle, or anywhere else you like to share.
- For members of the Open track, share your reflections about ATI after you attend! How do you think your experience there could be valuable to our work in the CPLC or our development of Cluster Pedagogy at PSU? You can post thoughts in the Open Track discussion forum on Moodle, or anywhere else you like to share.
Need More Basic Background to Prep for Next Session? For those who want some basics on interdisciplinarity and integrated learning, consider reviewing the Interdisciplinary Fast Blast slides. You may also appreciate these two blog posts on integration: The What and The How.
Remember there are no rules for participation in the CPLC beyond an expectation that you actively engage with CPLC colleagues and curriculum on a weekly basis. All suggested prompts and “assignments” can be altered to fit your interests and ideas.
- Read one or more of these quick posts from the Buck Institute selected by your colleagues (Brandon, Elisabeth, Cathie), and reflect on A) how your understanding of PBL is evolving, or B) on what you think the challenges are for PSU in trying to develop and support more PBL-based experiences for students.
- Read Professor Roy Stever’s blog post on a large-scale project-based learning initiative at PSU. Share a reaction to Roy’s reflection, or share reflections on a project that you’ve undertaken with students where the content was “covered” through the project (rather than covered first and then followed by a related project). What worked well and what challenges did you face?
- Think back to your track conversation at the June 4th CPLC. What challenges and benefits do you see to interdisciplinary learning? Are any of these similar to what you might find with PBL? If you have engaged in both kinds of teaching/learning, how do you think they could enhance each other or connect together? We’d love to hear specific stories from your own experiences. (Need a refresher on what you discussed in June? Your GoogleDocs are here: Main, Open, Wicked.)
- Reflect/Discuss/Write: What role, if any, should the CPLC play in setting the values of Plymouth State University? If you believe values matter to the work of the CPLC and that the CPLC should contribute to the setting of institutional values, how do you think we should undertake this as a group? Review our Values Summary (or the raw data on Moodle) and offer your thoughts.
Need More Basic Background to Prep for Next Session? For those who want some basics on Project-Based Learning, consider reviewing the PBL Fast Blast slides.